Tuesday, March 1, 2011



The Kraft Journal's challenge this week is "cute as a button."

Sew, ending up with a card about sewing, well, maybe it is a teeny bit expected {ok, trite}, but oh how I did dither over this.

I toyed with all the ideas the night before, spent 3 hours looking at it, seriously. I wish I had taken pictures. After about 5 hours I had picked out the black paper. Oh, and had printed out the button paper. Spent four hours this morning discarding this and that, and another hour finally putting it together. Whew. I think I had about 15 variations of this card.

Betsy McCall was one joy of my childhood. She had her own page in McCall's magazine each month, along with a little, and I do mean little, story. I always assumed she and the magazine were an outgrowth of McCall's dress patterns. Every so often they would throw in a boy instead (what little girl ever wanted THAT!) which was great disappointment, and the artists would change occasionally too. Oddly, it seems to me that McCalls did NOT use this as a sales tactic - I sort of remember trying to find the patterns for the cute outfits she had, but they were just artistic license, and not for sale.

Little Bag - Kraft Outlet

Kraft Cardstock - Recollections

Black & White DP - Jenni Bowlin
Flowered DP - K & Co
Button backing and measuring tape (frame) - Tim Holtz cd
Scissors & spool - K & Co
Buttons - stash, and My Favorite Things
Lettering - Cosmo Cricket
McCalls pattern & Betsy McCall - internet images, random sites



  1. TOO cute and not a flower in sight ,ha ha.I love all the bits and bobs you've incorporated on your card.My comment about the paper flowers was about the Prima type flat flowers. Don't ever stop making the beauties you put on your cards, despite my best efforts I usually throw my flowers in the bin.Enjoy the rest of your week.

  2. Jan, this is one of a kind card!! The vintage elements you've used are fantastic. I love it!!

  3. I love it! What great memories it brings back. I looked forward to Betsy McCall in my grandmother's magazine, kept her and her clothes in a cigar box (still have a fascination with those!). Thanks.

  4. This IS as cute as a button, I can easily see you placing and replacing all of your elements, now you can be satisfied :-) Love the spool with wire, too!

  5. Goodness, sure sounds like this little cutie took a chunk of your time, Jan, but how sweet it turned out! I absolutely adore the vintage look and the ephemera pieces. Love the collage-style and love how you used the small Kraft Outlet envelope. I think this is absolutely fantastic.
    Thanks SO much for playing along with us again at the Kraft Outlet. :)

  6. So adorable. I love the scissors coming out of the kraft envelope. Love this. :)

  7. Very very cute Jan! With all that time invested, I think you should frame it!!
    So glad you played along over at The Kraft Journal!

  8. OMGoodness!!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥ this card girl!!! well worth the time IMHO :)

  9. I am soooo lovin' this! That button card is just awesome!!! Well girlie, 15 minutes or 15 hours, this in one awesome card. I remember those paper dolls in the magazines. Ahhh the good old days {sigh}. You totally rocked this challenge Jan!

  10. I agree with Kristina, this sweet and adorable card filled with extras and special detials should indeed be FRAMED! I adore it! Thanks for playing along with us at The Kraft Journal!!

  11. What a fun card! I love all the elements and of course the vintage feel! Love it!! Oh yeah, I agree frame it for your craft room! :)

  12. Super cute card! I love how you wrapped the string around the spool! Great idea! Thanks for sharing your idea to link my card! I really appreciate it! :D Have a wonderful day!